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Black Friday 2014: How to Shop Wisely and Safely on Black Friday
LINK Those who are familiar with the excitement and chaos that accompanies Black Friday have an idea of how things go down on that day. For those who'll be doing this the first time, just take a look at Black Friday Youtube videos to get a glimpse of what to expect. After watching all that, it's almost tempting to stay home and avoid the rush, but if you're after the best deals, then here are some tips on how you can shop wisely and safely on Black Friday.

Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Not Expected Until Monday
LINK A grand jury decision on whether or not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson for shooting to death 18-year-old African-American Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, is not likely until at least Monday, according to media reports, even as layers of emergency plans have been set up and President Obama has called for calm.

Joni Eareckson Tada Defends Brittany Maynard: Christians Should Target 'Death With Dignity' Organizations, Not Individuals
LINK Joni Eareckson Tada, an international advocate for people with disabilities, had unsuccessfully pleaded with Brittany Maynard to reconsider ending her life under Oregon's Death With Dignity Act. Maynard's decision to end her suffering from terminal, inoperable brain cancer on her own terms prompted critics to lash out at her decision. But Tada, a quadriplegic and breast cancer survivor, says the focus should not be on Maynard or her family, but on the organization that used the 29-year-old as "a poster child" for its right-to-die cause.

Thousands of Children Find Forever Families as Nation Celebrates 15th Annual Adoption Day
LINK Thousands of children in foster care waiting for permanent and loving families are hoping their dreams will come true as communities and churches across the country celebrate the annual National Adoption Day on Saturday.

Why Are the Social Sciences So Secular?
LINK For multiple and complex reasons, professors in American college and university social science departments are much less religious than the population, sociologist Christian Smith explained Monday.

Christian Neurosurgeon Ben Carson Says 'I Feel Fingers' of God Prodding for Presidential Run
LINK Dr. Ben Carson, accomplished neurosurgeon and conservative Christian, tells David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network that there's a "good chance" he'll run for president as he can feel "God's fingers" touching him gently for the 2016 race.

Billy Graham Is Still Alive; Rep Debunks Social Media Hoax That Fooled Nearly 1 Million Fans
LINK After word spread on social media proclaiming the death of the celebrated evangelical Christian icon Billy Graham this week, the 96-year-old's representatives at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association categorically denied those claims as false on Friday.

Atheist-Turned-Orthodox Christian Parent Removes Child From School After Teacher Wears Star of David Necklace
LINK A Pennsylvania parent upset that his child was being exposed to religion through the Star of David necklace being worn by a teacher filed a complaint but learned that the school board supported the teacher's freedom.

Crucifix and Virgin Mary Statue Survive 4-Alarm Fire at Historic Century-Old California Church
LINK An ornate wooden crucifix made in Italy and a statue of the Virgin Mary miraculously survived a four-alarm fire that destroyed much of the historic Holy Cross Catholic Church in San Jose, California, that over 100 firefighters battled on Sunday.

Ferguson: Female Pastor Dragged by Police, Arrested During Peaceful Protest for Michael Brown as Grand Jury Deliberates
LINK A female pastor was reportedly left shaken and in pain after being manhandled and arrested by police on Wednesday, during what she says was a peaceful protest.

New Jersey Teen Battles Atheists in Court to Keep 'Under God' in Pledge of Allegiance, Say's She Won't Be Silenced
LINK A court in New Jersey heard arguments Wednesday on a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an atheist group that wants to remove the phrase "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance after parents complained that their child's public school was reciting the phrase.

Sister of Mentally Ill Texas Man Sentenced to Die in December Pleads to Rick Perry to Spare His Life
LINK The sister of Scott Panetti, a paranoid schizophrenic set to be executed by the state of Texas on Dec. 3 for the murder of two people, has pleaded with Gov. Rick Perry to commute his sentence to life in prison. Victoria Panetti has said that her brother, who believes he's being executed for preaching the Gospel, does not understand fact from fiction, and started an online petition asking Perry to spare his life.

Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson Negotiating Release From Police Force; Michael Brown's Father Urges Peace Ahead of Verdict
LINK Ferguson officer Darren Wilson is reportedly negotiating his way to leave the force in order to protect his colleagues from further retribution, reports stated on Friday.

Survivors of Suicide Loss Day to Include Kay Warren's Testimony, New Documentary
LINK Events sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, which takes place on Saturday, include the release of the organization's new documentary and Saddleback Church's Kay Warren sharing her testimony, both available during webcasts.

New York Pastor Gets 2.5 Years in Prison for Possession of Child Porn; Claims He Was Victim of the FBI, Gay Community
LINK A former New York pastor was sentenced to 30 months in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to charges of possessing child pornography. Members of his congregation said he claimed to be the victim of a "conspiracy between the FBI and gay community," according to prosecutors.

Homeless in the Winter: How Christian Ministries Nationwide Are a Place of Refuge From the Cold
LINK Mary Jo Copeland will be cooking up a storm this Thanksgiving. Her guest list will include 400-500 people from Mary's Place, the transitional housing community she has helped run for over 30 years, as well as their neighbors and anyone else down on their luck.

Christian University Stands by Decision to Keep Bill Cosby as Speaker at Benefit Dinner, Despite Outcry From Sexual Assault Victims Group
LINK Officials at a West Tennessee Christian University sparked a fiery debate over Christian values Wednesday for standing by their decision to invite embattled comedian Bill Cosby to serve as keynote speaker for the school's benefit dinner scheduled for next month, despite outcry from an advocacy group for victims of sexual assault.

120 Christian Students at Ohio Bible College Face Deportation by US Immigration Agents
LINK About 120 international Christian students attending a Bible college in Ohio could possibly face deportation after their school was recently denied recertification with the U.S. immigration exchange student program.

Baby of Stranded Couple Safely Delivered During Buffalo Snowstorm; 'It's Not Odds, It's God,' Dad Says
LINK Parents of a new baby girl in Buffalo, New York are thanking God for sending "two angels" after they became stranded in a snowstorm on Tuesday.

California Couple Stops Photographing Weddings to Avoid Having to Shoot Same-Sex Ceremonies
LINK A California photography company has announced that it will no longer shoot wedding photography after gay activists protested against the business claiming it "denied" service to a same-sex couple for their wedding.

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Tens of Thousands Sign Petition to Keep Duggars on TLC
LINK Benham Brothers, Steven Crowder, other conservative leaders throw support behind DuggarsContact: Dustin Siggins, 703-772-4698, dsiggins@lifesitenews.com FRONT ROYAL, Va., Nov. 21, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- More than 40,000 people have signed a petition created by LifeSiteNews and backed by a number of prominent conservative activists urging The Learning Channel to keep the Duggars' show, 19 Kids and Counting, on-air. Now LifeSiteNews is organizing a Tweetfest, using the hashtag #DefendtheDug Source: LifeSiteNews.com

Marine Dad Banned from School Property; Daughter Gets Failing Grade for Refusing Islamic Indoctrination -- The Thomas More Law Center Steps In
LINK Contact: Catherine McMillan, Thomas More Law Center, 734-930-7141

Knights of Columbus Sends $2.2 Million to Christian Refugees in Iraq and Syria
LINK Funds will assist with housing and general relief for displaced ChristiansContact: Andrew Walther, 203-752-4253, Andrew.walther@kofc.org; Joe Cullen, 203-800-4923, joseph.cullen@kofc.org; both with Knights of Columbus NEW HAVEN, Conn., Nov. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Knights of Columbus Christian Refugee Relief fund has donated $2.2 million to help displaced Iraqi and Syrian Christians and other religious minorities who continue to face violent persecution and the very r Source: Knights of Columbus

Second Grade Student Asks that Federal Court Protect His Religious Speech this Christmas Season
LINK Contact: Victor Bermudez or Lori Sanada, Advocates for Faith & Freedom, 888-588-6888WEST COVINA, Calif., Nov. 12, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Advocates for Faith & Freedom has filed a request for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday, November 12th 2014. The injunction, if granted, will prohibit the West Covina Unified School District from stopping seven-year-old Isaiah Martinez from passing out candy canes to his cl Source: Advocates for Faith & Freedom

Elgin Continues to Prevent Ex-Latin Kings from Sharing Faith
LINK Contact: Attorney Andy Norman, 312-332-2400, anormanlaw@gmail.com; Attorney John Mauck, 312-853-8709, jmauck@mauckbaker.com

Christian and Muslim Leaders to Condemn ISIS Violence at White House Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday Evening
LINK Contact: Rev. Patrick Mahoney, 540-538-4741 WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The vigil will be on Wednesday, November 12, at 7:00 P.M. on Pennsylvania Ave. NW across from Lafayette Park.It is critical that Christian and Muslim voices stand together in solidarity to condemn the violence of ISIS and encourage the Obama Administration to ensure religious minorities, women and children are being helped and protected.Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Source: Christian Defense Coalition

GOD TV Urges Viewers to Pray for the Persecuted
LINK Contact: Fergus Scarfe, GOD TV, 913-827-7155, fscarfe@god.tv  

Public Advocate's Eugene Delgaudio Won a Major Victory for Michigan and America's Families
LINK Contact: Public Advocate, 703-845-1808, eugenedelgaudio@erols.com  WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Earlier this summer, the Homosexual Lobby launched an all-out attack on Michigan, a Pro-Family state.Now due in part to a small groups defense, the group's leader says the liberals were "stopped cold in their ruthless power grab."Public Advocate's president Eugene Delgaudio announced a massive effort to put the heat on defending family values in U.S. Senate r Source: Public Advocate

Better Interfaith Understanding 'Would Leave no Room for Boko Haram'
LINK Contact: Andrea Rhodes, +44(0)118-952-1428

Landslide: Chaplain Wins 70% in Election Despite Death Threats from Homosexual Activists
LINK Contact: Gordon Klingenschmitt, PhD, State Representative Elect, 719-941-7476, gordonforcolorado@yahoo.com; gordonforcolorado.com

Thomas More Society Congratulates MO State Representative Wieland, Now State Senator-Elect, for Resilient Stance for Religious Liberty
LINK Thomas More Society Client Paul Wieland Wins Senate Race

Williston, North Dakota, Police Censor Pro-Life 'Truth Truck,' in Free Speech Violation
LINK Thomas More Society Defends Supporters of Proposed Human Life Amendment

Philip Dunn, Legal Counsel for Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi and President of Serving California, Celebrates the Release of His Client and Thanks Judge for His Swift Actions
LINK Contact: Lori Heiselman, 714-553-5181; www.ServingCalifornia.org

Cross Carrying Evangelist is Featured in the 'Guinness World Records 2015' for the World's Longest Ongoing Pilgrimage/Walk
LINK Contact: Arthur Blessitt, 303-355-2234, arthur@blessitt.com

AFTAH: Canada's State Censorship in Favor of Homosexuality Reflects the Moral and Liberty Crisis of the West
LINK University of Regina Free Speech Trial for LaBarbera and Whatcott TodayContact: Peter LaBarbera, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, 630-546-4439, americansfortruth@gmail.com REGINA, Saskatchewan, Canada, Oct. 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) president Peter LaBarbera said escalating pro-homosexual State censorship in Canada reflects the nation's post-Christian moral and spiritual crisisand the modern travesty of "r Source: Americans for Truth

Statement from Faith Driven Consumer Founder Chris Stone on Houston Mayor Parker's Decision to Withdraw Subpoenas on Pastors in the City
LINK Contact: Matthew Faraci, Faith Driven Consumer, 919-645-0771, matthew@faithdrivenconsumer.com RALEIGH, N.C., October 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Faith Driven Consumer, the group that emerged on the national stage last year with its #IStandWithPhil campaign that played a leading role in Phil Robertson's return to Duck Dynasty, continues to serve as an advocate for more than 41 million consumers who spend $2 trillion annually. Two weeks a Source: Faith Driven Consumer

Houston Mayor Withdraws Subpoenas of Pastors -- Emergency Delegation Commends a Good Decision
LINK Contact: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, 540-538-4741HOUSTON, Oct. 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Today Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced she has directed her legal team to drop the subpoenas of city pastors who opposed a pro-gay city ordinance. The decision comes one day after an emergency delegation of seven pastors from across the country met privately with the mayor for an hour. The meeting followed a prayer vigil held by the group in front of Houston City Hall."Mayor Parker made the rig Source: National Clergy Council

Emergency National Delegation of Clergy Assured Personal Meeting with Houston Mayor to Discuss Concerns Over First Amendment and Religious Freedom
LINK Contact: Rev. Pat Mahoney, 540-538-4741; Rev. Rob Schenck, 202-656-1252

Update from Houston: Delegation of Christian Leaders to Hold Prayer Vigil Outside the Office of Houston Mayor Parker After News Conference
LINK The vigil will be at 11:00 A.M.Contact:  Rev. Patrick Mahoney, 540-538-4741HOUSTON, Oct. 28, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The group wants to stand in solidarity with local Houston pastors and also send a clear message that the faith community will not be bullied or intimidated into surrendering their religious freedoms and rights.The clergy will then conduct an afternoon prayer vigil outside of the office of Houston City Attorney, David Feldman, at 2:00 P.M.Christian pastors and n Source: Christian Defense Coalition

National Delegation of Clergy Arrive in Houston to Demand Mayor Withdraw Subpoenas Against Pastors
LINK Contact: Rev. Pat Mahoney, 540-538-4741; Rev. Rob Schenck, 202-656-1252HOUSTON, Oct. 28, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- A seven-member delegation of clergy representing different denominations and including church leaders from four states and the District of Columbia will visit the office of Houston Mayor Annise Parker today after a 10:00 a.m. news conference in front of the mayor's office at 901 Bagby Street.Delegates will also visit the office of city attorney David Feldman who i Source: National Clergy Council


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